The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

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A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the… (more)

Editorial reviews (9 reviews)


The Sixth Extinction, which is filled with alarming projections, offers no solutions. Instead, it impresses upon the reader the enormity of the problem.

Kolbert is a witty, deft writer with an eye for vivid colour.

“The Sixth Extinction” is a bold and at times desperate attempt to awaken us to this responsibility.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (February 11, 2014)

Collection: Henry Holt and Co.

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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